The Bursary was founded in 2013 with funds donated by Professor Richard Hays founding Dean of Medicine at James Cook University and recognises the academic achievement and community involvement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander medical students. The Bursary will be supported for six years from 2014 -2019 inclusive. This bursary is subject to the provisions of James Cook University’s Coursework Scholarships, Bursaries and Grants Policy.
Nature of the Scholarship
The value of the scholarship shall be $1,500 for one year or such amount as the Selection Committee may determine from time to time.
The Richard Hays Foundation Dean of Medicine Bursary shall be open to competition among applicants who:
- are Australian citizens;
- are of Australian Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander descent;
- are admitted to the Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery;
- are enrolled full-time;
- in their 2nd, 3rd, 4th or 5th year of study; and
- have not previously been a recipient of the Richard Hays Foundation Dean of Medicine Bursary.
The Selection Criteria are:
- academic merit or potential;
- demonstrated community engagement, leadership, and advocacy for health;
- promoting aspirations of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
- any other criteria that the Selection Committee deems appropriate.
Applications must be submitted on the official application form no later than 31 March in the year in which the award is to be made.
Applicants must submit with the official form, where appropriate:
- a copy of their academic record; or a certified copy from any other academic institution;
- no more than three references attesting to the applicant’s character and/or suitability to receive the bursary;
- a written statement (500-2000 words) demonstrating their community engagement, leadership, and advocacy for health; and promoting aspirations of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples; and
- any other supporting documentation that would assist the Selection Committee in developing an opinion as to the merit of the application.
When applying for a scholarship it is very important that you answer all the questions and include all relevant documents. Your application and relevant documents must be submitted before the closing date. If an application is incomplete, it will not be considered.
The applicant authorises the Selection Committee to make such enquiries as to the applicant’s suitability to receive the bursary, which includes authorisation for the Selection Committee to examine the applicant’s academic record, and seek opinions from relevant members of the academic staff of this University or any other academic institution.
The award of the bursary shall be made in the absolute discretion of the Selection Committee, which shall comprise:
- Dean, College of Medicine and Dentistry (Chair) or nominee
- Indigenous Academic, College of Medicine and Dentistry, or nominee
- Associate Dean, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education and Strategy, or nominee
The Selection Committee reserves the right:
- not to award a Bursary in any year if, in the opinion of the Selection Committee, there is no applicant of sufficient merit to warrant an award; and
- to extend a Bursary for the existing recipient.
The Selection Committee may require applicants to undertake an interview as part of their application.
The Selection Committee will determine all matters relating to the selection process.
Moneys payable to the recipient shall be paid in a single instalment within four weeks of acceptance of the bursary.
Conditions of the Bursary
A student may lodge a request for review of decision in accordance with the provisions of the Student Appeals Policy..
The requirements of the Bursary shall not make the awarding of the Bursary conditional upon the recipient providing unremunerated services or products to the donor.
In the event that the recipient undertakes an approved leave of absence, the bursary shall be suspended.
Administration of the Bursary
The bursary shall be administered by the College of Medicine and Dentistry, on behalf of the Selection Committee.
The funds of the bursary shall be held in an account in the name of the University and shall be administered by the officer of the University charged with administering the bursary.
Income from a fund not expended on the award which it maintains, shall be added to and become part of the fund.
Where an award provides some benefit to the recipient from a body external to the University, or an obligation upon a body external to the University, the University, its servants and agents, shall not be liable for that benefit or obligation.
Please refer to Glossary of Terms